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2017 Antoinette Brown Lecture | Dr. Eboni Marshall Turman
2017 Antoinette Brown Lecture with Dr. Eboni Marshall Turman titled Facing Pecola: Toward a Womanist Soteriologic of Black Girl Disrespectability.
The lecture begins with an examination of the textures of black girls’ social and moral crucifixion by focusing on their respective criminalization and demonization at the hands of anti-black state-sanctioned and anti-black church-sanctioned gender terror. An exploration of the nature of suffering in the lives of black girls will follow and assert black girlhood as a theological problem to which the Black Church must be held accountable. The constructive edge of the talk finally contends that the disrespectability typically attributed to black girls in church and society is in fact a response-able and deeply embodied soteriologic. It argues that black girl disrespectability functions as its own enfleshment of a salvific logos, that is, a black girls’ Rock, toward the end of redemptive self-love.